Austin FC has been officially unveiled as the new Major League Soccer side.
The new outfit, based in Austin City, will take the total of clubs participating in the MLS to 27. The unveiling ceremony was led by Austin FC Chairman and CEO Anthony Precourt and Austin mayor Steve Adler. The MLS new kids on the block will wait until 2021 to launch their campaign in the league.
“Like everything that’s worth having in life, the journey to get to Austin was not linear, and and it wasn’t all that easy. Certainly, this was one of the most complicated projects in our league’s history. Austin might be in Texas, but it certainly feels very different than any other city in the state. It’s always good to be first in anything you do. I think our optimism about the success of this club is going to drive other leagues to start thinking about Austin. Because the city is growing so fast and has got such political and strategic importance to what’s going on in our economy and throughout our country,” Garber told MLS Soccer.com.
Garber added that the club with its new status will become a beacon of hope and light in North America. The Supporters group, members of the Austin Anthem were the key members attending the event as Austin City Council welcomes the ever-growing league.
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The club hopes to build a private stadium that is expected to cost $225 million at McKalla Place and groundbreaking is also expected to be done this year. The 20,000-seat stadium will be constructed well before the Austin starts its season in the league in two-years time.
“People have tried for decades to bring major league sports into this city but you came into this city. We’re going to do things the way they need to be done in Austin, Texas.” Adler said at the same event.
“Austin FC is for all of you. We will unite the city, fight for this city, and we’re going to make you proud. At the end of the day, this is not just about being a business. This is about being a community asset and being a unifying element for the city. Austin has so many amazing things going on culturally, and we think major league sports adds a unique element.” Precourt promised.
The club also said they are going to start an academy this year as they look to nurture talent within the community.